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Sustainability is the ability to meet current needs without hindering the ability to meet the needs of future generations in terms of economic, environmental and social challenges.

Note: The concept of sustainability is embedded throughout this document. However, the concept is addressed as a stand-alone principle to highlight its significance to supply management..

  1. Implement processes to ensure effective sourcing decisions and their impact on sustainability.

  2. Collect and analyze information from suppliers to manage sustainability initiatives.

  3. Develop strategies, policies and procedures to support organizational sustainability goals and objectives, and publish results and accomplishments.

  4. Develop risk management and business continuity initiatives to protect business performance.

  5. Identify and source from sustainable suppliers.

  6. Conduct supplier compliance sustainability reviews. Develop and implement improvement plans, as appropriate.

  7. Encourage suppliers to set sustainability goals, track progress and publish results.

ISM Resources:

Other Resources:

Note: For additional links, refer to the Environment page on the ISM website.

  • American Public Media This Web site showcases stories produced by American Public Media on the topic of sustainability, as well as links to news, blogs, and other sustainability resources. It includes a link to an interactive game, "Consumer Consequences," that enables readers to calculate the impact their lifestyles have on the planet.

  • The Center for Sustainable Innovation (CSI) is a non-profit corporation that conducts research, development, training, and consulting for, and with, global companies interested in achieving sustainability in human affairs.

  • Green America is a not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to harness economic power to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. The organization focuses on economic strategies to solve social and environmental problems, addressing issues of social justice and environmental responsibility.

  • Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes - Launched in 1999, the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes are the first global indexes tracking the financial performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide. Based on the cooperation of Dow Jones Indexes, STOXX Limited and SAM they provide asset managers with reliable and objective benchmarks to manage sustainability portfolios.

  • Forum for the Future is a non-profit organization that partners with leaders in business, government and education to find economic, social, technological and environmental solutions to build a more sustainable society.

  • The Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World is a project initiated by Corporate Knights Inc., and independent Canadian-based media company, with Innovest Strategic Value Advisors Inc. a leading research firm specializing in analyzing "non traditional" drivers of risk and shareholder value including companies' performance on social, environmental and strategic governance issues. Launched in 2005, the annual Global 100 is announced each year at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

  • Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) is an organization that aims to influence the sustainability debate, inform the public of its members' voluntary actions in the area of sustainability, and provide information to foster sustainable development.

  • Global Institute of Sustainability is an initiative that enables Arizona State University to address regional and global environmental threats through the study of ecological, economic and societal issues that play a vital role in the viability of the planet.

  • Global Reporting Initiative is a multi-stakeholder process and independent institution whose mission is to develop and disseminate globally applicable Sustainability Reporting Guidelines for voluntary use by organizations for reporting on the economic, environmental and social dimensions of their activities, products, and services. GRI is an official collaborating centre of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and works in cooperation with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Global Compact.

  • Institute for Sustainable Communication (ISC) promotes awareness and adoption of economically, socially and environmentally sound sustainable development practices in the use of communication media. The organization's particular expertise and focus is on enterprise publishing, printing and packaging.

  • Institutions Offering Sustainability Education Programs (excerpt from the 2012 Supply IN Demand guide)

  • International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) promotes policy recommendations on international trade and investment, economic instruments, climate change, measurements and indicators, and natural resource management to make development sustainable.

  • The Natural Step An nonprofit organization founded with the vision of creating a sustainable society. They work to promote global sustainability by guiding companies and governments onto an ecologically, socially and economically sustainable path by using a set of sustainability principles to drive innovation.

  • Roberts Environmental Center (Claremont McKenna College) This academic institution's current research is focused on global corporate environmental transparency and performance. They analyze organizations' environmental and sustainability data using the Pacific Sustainability Index (PSI) and publish the results on their Web site.

  • Social Venture Network is an organization that promotes new model and leadership for socially and environmentally sustainable business. They champion this effort through initiatives, information services and forums.

  • The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board™ (SASB™) is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization engaged in the development and dissemination of industry-specific sustainability accounting standards. SASB will establish an understanding of material sustainability issues facing industries and create sustainability accounting standards suitable for disclosure in standard filings such as the Form 10-K and 20-F. SASB addresses the unique needs of the U.S. market, establishing standards for integrated reporting that are concise, comparable within an industry, and relevant to all ~13,000 publicly listed companies in the U.S.

  • provides links to news, articles and resources on sustainability practices relating to the social responsibility principles of environment and financial responsibility.

  • is a portal for sustainability reports of multinational companies worldwide. From the site, you can download environmental, social, CSR and sustainability reports or order the hard copy version, and you can browse the reports by sector, country or alphabetically.

  • Sustainable Dictionary a project of the Presidio School of Management, this Web site is an open dictionary of sustainability and business-related terms for business leaders and students.

  • provides global news and networking services to help green business grow, covering all sectors; renewable energy, green building, sustainable investing and organics.

  • Triple Pundit is a Web site focused on responsible business in the context of today's environmental and social challenges. The site contains numerous articles and links to green business and sustainability Web sites.

  • is a a solutions-based online magazine that includes topics relating to several sustainability initiatives, community, green building, socially responsible investing, environmental concerns and more.